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This one simple trick could transform your stressed-out life

Marci Baron is a Homeward Bound Guide, specializing in Energy Clearing & Transformation. She believes that home means arriving at who you are, without the labels, without the roles, without the stuff. It's the place where you finally lan...

Changing how you talk about the negative things in your life can have a surprisingly positive effect

You were wronged, or something awful happened. Maybe you're worried about something that might happen. How many times do you tell the same negative story over and over again to whoever will listen? Bad things do happen — but harping on them is the energetic equivalent of taking a bath in dirty water. It's not likely to help you feel better, no matter how hard you try!

When you keep telling negative stories, you're marinating in those feelings of anger, fear, guilt and resentment. Your mind, spirit and body can't differentiate between present events, past events or something happening in real time.

Your body often sends out stress hormones, such as cortisol and epinephrine, as you talk about traumatic past events or worry about future ones. Over time, as these hormones flow through your bloodstream, you may experience health issues. Stress hormones are thought to trigger increased blood pressure and heart rate, tightening and tension of your muscles (back pain, anyone?), stomachaches, headaches, weight gain, slower healing and other health problems.

I believe that when we marinate in the negative stories of our lives, we stay stuck in the energetic vibration of those awful stories as well. Ever heard of the Law of Attraction? I've found that, as I talk about the negativity, more negativity comes my way. When I shift to the positive, I raise my vibration for positivity to find me.

You might be thinking, "But this is how I process. I need to talk about it to work through it!" I agree that processing is important. But there's a difference between "working through" and "dwelling on."

So, how do you stop "dwelling on" and tell a different story?

Let's say somebody was awful to you and you can't stop thinking about how they wronged you. You're not able to forgive yet —that's okay. But you can begin telling a different story by saying, "I am opening my heart to forgive this person, in time." Do you feel the shift of those words?

Instead of saying, "I have no money," say instead, "I can't wait to see where the money shows up to pay my bills."

Instead of saying, "I am trying so hard to meet someone," say instead, "Whoever is meant to be my love — we will find each other."

Instead of saying, "I have so many health issues," say instead, "My body wants to heal."

I know it might feel tough to do, but just a simple shift in the story you tell yourself will improve the health of your mind and soul — and possibly even your body, in time. Switching to the positive will make you feel instantly better, just like you do when you bathe in clean water!

What stories are you telling yourself? How can I help you shift their energy?

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